Top 8 things to look for in a veterinary school

9 August 2022

Which is the best veterinary school in Australia? With so many options to choose from, it may feel like an overwhelming question.

To help you decide, we’ve compiled a handy list of the top 8 things you should look for in a vet school—and why we think studying veterinary science at the University of Queensland will set you up for a rewarding and meaningful career.

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Here are the most important aspects to consider when comparing the best veterinary universities in Australia.

1. How does the veterinary science program rank internationally?

When you study veterinary science at UQ, you’ll get a world-class education at a school currently ranked in the top 30 globally for veterinary science programs. This gives you the confidence that comes with graduating from one of the best veterinary universities in the world.

As a UQ graduate in this field, you’ll be a highly attractive candidate to prospective employers and hold an advantage when competing for your dream job as a veterinarian. The practical experience you’ll get in UQ’s facilities mean you’ll graduate a self-reliant, independent, and highly capable veterinarian with the initiative and problem-solving abilities for success in the industry.

2. Will you be training in first-rate veterinary science facilities?

Set on 1000 hectares of rural land, UQ’s Gatton campus is home to the Small Animal Hospital and Equine Specialist Hospital, where you’ll complete 130 hours of clinical practical work. You’ll also have access to an outstanding range of purpose-built facilities for your

  • laboratory-based research;
  • animal-based research;
  • clinical research; and
  • field research.

Based at UQ’s Gatton campus, you won’t have to travel long distances to get valuable hands-on experience, as you would with many city-based universities. UQ’s Gatton campus sets you up to be a confident and highly skilled expert in the industry by giving you invaluable practical experience and access to its many specialized facilities.

3. Is the program internationally accredited, allowing you to work as a veterinarian globally?

As a veterinarian, your expertise can be applied anywhere around the globe. This is why it’s so important to make sure you get your qualification from a veterinary school with an international accreditation—and this is something all the best veterinary universities should offer.

UQ’s School of Veterinary Science has full accreditation with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. So, as a UQ graduate, you’ll be able to practice in a range of countries around the world—including Canada.

4. Are your teachers cutting-edge researchers and leaders in their industry?

Veterinary science research efforts at UQ are currently ranked well above world standard by the Australian Government’s Australian Research Council, which reflects the dedication and passion of UQ’s veterinary science researchers.

Through your veterinary studies at UQ, you’ll have access to and learn from experts who are dedicated to continual learning and improvement in the field of veterinary science. UQ scientists work at the cutting-edge of research and are passionate about finding ways to improve health and well-being outcomes for animals, as well as developing the next generation of veterinarians.

5. Will you graduate prepared for a varied career with diverse specializations?

If you attend one of the best veterinary universities in Australia, you should expect to get prepared for an exciting, successful career tailored to your interests and passions.

By studying veterinary science at UQ, you’ll have the chance to learn about a broad range of specializations in the field. You’ll gain foundational skills through training in the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, and behaviour of healthy domestic and wild animals. With more than 600 hours of practical training, you’ll get to know the many varied aspects of the veterinary science field and the diversity of employment opportunities you can explore with your qualification.

Some of the career opportunities available to graduates include

  • veterinarian;
  • biosecurity field officer;
  • microbiologist;
  • government advisers in health, trade and production fields;
  • agribusiness professional; and
  • researcher.

6. Will you be learning from teachers who care about your education experience and development?

The best university to study veterinary science will obviously have highly skilled and knowledgeable experts on hand. However, it’s equally important that you’re learning from people who are teachers at heart—teachers who genuinely care about the industry and the development of the next generation of veterinarians.

UQ’s teachers have won more awards than any other uni in Australia, demonstrating their commitment to educating and supporting their students.

7. Does the university have a vibrant and supportive student lifestyle?

UQ provides you with a range of opportunities to lead a happy and active lifestyle outside of your veterinary studies. You’ll have access to onsite gyms, sporting clubs, hobby and interest groups, and other extracurricular activities that will add to your university experience. UQ also has onsite accommodation at its Gatton campus for students looking to have their university experience right at their doorstep.

8. What is the quickest pathway to becoming a veterinarian?

To become a veterinarian, many universities require you to complete a 3-year undergraduate science program before you can start a 4-year postgraduate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, which means it will take 7 years before you graduate.

At UQ, you can become a fully qualified veterinary surgeon in just 5 years by completing their undergraduate Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program.

UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science Fast Facts

Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 29 each year; however, you are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline. The earlier you apply, the better!

Start your application to UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program!


Do you have questions about studying at UQ Veterinary School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer at for more info!